Carradale Harbour Day – 2nd August 2014

This yHarbourDayPosterear the Harbour Day promises to be better than ever with a full timetable of events taking place throughout the afternoon. Once again we are going pirate-themed, including the fun dog show, which is a time to show off all your pet’s many talents. The Kintyre Canoe Club will be staging a canoe polo match in the harbour itself, a first for Carradale, and there will be loads of stalls and refreshments too. Just click on the poster here to enlarge.

For those expecting to see a new slip constructed in the harbour, well it’s not there yet but work is due to start very soon. There have been some delays which the Harbour Group team have been working hard to resolve… but it is coming!


Harbour Day success!

It has been many years since Carradale had a Harbour Day so nobody knew quite what to expect. In the end success was in the hands of the weather gods who thankfully smiled on us for most of the day.

By midday we had all the stalls set up and people began to arrive, then more, and then more still. Burgers and cakes began to disappear into mouths, drinks were being consumed, tickets for the tombola were moving fast and the treasure hunt squares were filling up.

Young faces painted as wild animals appeared here and there and strange piratical types brandishing cutlasses loitered about, without anyone really paying much attention!


The sun shone down on us all, swelling the crowds as the day progressed.



Another shipwrecked pirate played us a few jigs on his concertina to get us dancing then before we knew where we were the competition judging started.







First it was the turn of the pirates and this scary character took first prize here, then went on to judge the dog show afterwards. (Many thanks John.)




By this time there were dogs everywhere, thankfully mostly well behaved, and soon the competitions got underway – Best dressed dog, Best trick, Wiggliest tail, Most appealing eyes – then finally the grand finale was the Musical Sit.




The musicians took their places in the centre of the parade ring and dogs, with their owners firmly in hand, walked around waiting for the command. Each time the music stopped the last dog to sit dropped out until only one dog and owner were left. First prize went to Star and his highly trained, but very proud, owner Dominic. Well done to you both!

Come the end of the day the food had largely been consumed and Una Semple had won the prize for finding the hidden treasure. We all enjoyed ourselves immensely. Thanks must go to all the helpers, to those who donated gifts and prizes, to the stallholders and to all those who entered into the spirit of the day. You are all too numerous to mention individually but thanks anyway.

Many more pictures taken at Carradale Harbour Day 2013 can be found on the Carradale Harbour and the  Explore Campbeltown Facebook pages.

Harbour plans revealed

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At the meeting yesterday in the Village Hall the architects engaged to provide us with a development plan for the harbour, Scott Smith Mullan, revealed the results of their work for all of us to see. Those who came along to the meeting were generally very appreciative of what they saw and agreed that the architects had come up with some exciting ideas for us, a range of solutions that would enhance our little harbour.

We now have a credible plan for the harbour which we can take forward and we will continue to work with the architects as we move onto the next step, seeking funding to take the plans further.

More detail on these plans will be posted here very soon but for the moment, the picture here is a taster which you can click for a larger image.